GDC Awards nominees revealed

The organizers of the Game Developers Choice Awards have announced the nominees for this year’s show.

Leading the way here is Playdead’s Inside, which picked up six nominations for Best Audio, Best Design, Best Narrative, Best Visual Art, the Innovation Award, and Game of the Year.

Following on its heels with five nominations each are Overwatch and Firewatch, while Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End picked up three nominations. All of the aforementioned are in the running for Game of the Year along with Bethesda’s Dishonored 2.

To be considered, a game had to be released and made available publicly within the 2016 calendar year. The nominees and winners are chosen by the International Choice Awards Network, a group of “leading game creators from all parts of the industry.”

Double Fine head honcho Tim Schafer will host the event, which will be held on Mar. 1 in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference. The show will be livestreamed starting at 6:30 p.m. PT (9:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 a.m. Mar. 2 GMT) on Twitch.

Here is a full list of nominees:

Game of the Year

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic)
  • Honorable Mentions: Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks), The Witness (Thekla), Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)

Best Audio

  • Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Thumper (Drool)
  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Honorable Mentions: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Rez Infinite (Monstars/Enhance Games), Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine), Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)

Best Debut

  • Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter)
  • Campo Santo (Firewatch)
  • ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley)
  • Drool (Thumper)
  • Night School Studio (Oxenfree)
  • Honorable Mentions: SUPERHOT Team (SUPERHOT), Numinous Games (That Dragon, Cancer), Giant Squid Studios (Abzu), Ghost Town Games (Overcooked), iNK Stories (1979 Revolution: Black Friday)

Best Design

  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Witness (Thekla)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Honorable Mentions: Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts), Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dark Souls III (From Software/Bandai Namco Entertainment), Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic), Hitman (IO Interactive/Square Enix)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • Super Mario Run (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Reigns (Nerial/Devolver Digital)
  • Pokemon Sun/Moon (Game Freak/The Pokemon Company)
  • Honorable Mentions: Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), Deus Ex: Go (Square Enix Montreal/Square Enix), Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems & Nintendo SPD/Nintendo), Imbroglio (Michael Brough), Swap Sword (AP Thomson and Diego Garcia)

Innovation Award

  • The Witness (Thekla)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Superhot (Superhot Team), Thumper (Drool), Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games)

Best Narrative

  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic)
  • Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks), The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine (CD Projekt RED/CD Projekt), Kentucky Route Zero – Act IV (Cardboard Computer), Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K Games)

Best Technology

  • Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Honorable Mentions: Inside (Playdead), Pokemon Go (Niantic), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks), The Witness (Thekla)

Best Visual Art

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic)
  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Honorable Mentions: The Witness (Thekla), Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts), Abzu (Giant Squid Studios), Thumper (Drool), Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Rez Infinite (Monstars/Enhance Games)
  • Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
  • Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Fantastic Contraption (Radial Games/Northway Games)
  • Honorable Mentions: Thumper (Drool), Superhypercube (Kokoromi/Polytron Corporation), Batman Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions), The Lab (Valve)

Source: GameSpot

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